August 15th, 2008
12:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama ad in Ohio again blames McCain for looming job losses

Obama’s campaign released its another ad blaming McCain for the potential loss of Ohio jobs.
Obama’s campaign released its another ad blaming McCain for the potential loss of Ohio jobs.

(CNN) - One week after Barack Obama's campaign released a tough new Ohio radio ad that said Sen. John McCain and his campaign manager Rick Davis were partly responsible for the potential loss of thousands of jobs in the state, the presumptive Democratic nominee launched a TV spot Friday that makes the same charge.

Shipping company DHL is considering moves that would result in the loss of than 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio. McCain visited the town last Thursday, as workers continued to protest the proposed cuts.

"If DHL - if something happens - it's going to be like a ghost town," says local resident Chris Fisher in the 30-second spot. Morrow, Ohio resident Ed Rutherford tells viewers "I thought I was doing a good job providing for my family. And to have that taken away..." he says emotionally, adding later: "it's tough times. When it's a foreign entity, coming in and sucker punching us. That's how this felt."

"In Washington, John McCain helped pave the way for foreign-owned DHL to take over an American shipping company," says the announcer. "McCain's campaign manager was lead lobbyist for the deal. Now, thousands of Ohio jobs at risk."

The McCain camp quickly sent reporters excerpts of a report from FactCheck.Org criticizing the Obama claims. "FactCheck.org just released a report calling Obama’s recent ads accusing John McCain of costing Ohio jobs 'false,' 'misleading' and 'unsubstantiated,'" said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. "It’s now clear that the Obama campaign’s attack on John McCain and the DHL issue - which Obama campaign manager David Plouffe called 'the most important development in the campaign' - is based on a lie."

Last Friday, the Obama radio ad timed to coincide with McCain's visit, and an AFL-CIO flier sent to 100,000 Ohio union households, made the same claims.

Listen: Obama campaign manager David Plouffe discusses the campaign's DHL radio ad


In response, the McCain team organized a conference call last week featuring an Ohio resident whose question to McCain at a July town hall was excerpted in the Obama radio spot.

Listen: The McCain campaign blasts the Obama radio ad in a conference call with reporters


The Obama campaign also ran a Pennsylvania radio ad last week that accused McCain of failing to protect U.S. motorcycle manufacturing jobs, as the Arizona senator visited the city of York, hometown of Harley-Davidson.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Ohio • Political ads
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. ArrogantObama

    Obama keeps lying and lying. When is this man gonna tell a truth?

    August 15, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Gary

    Suck it up Johnny Mac!! You started the lies and negative campaigning so swallow THIS. I want the Democrats to fight tooth and nail and give back what the Republican "conservative" "christian" evil machine dishes out!!

    August 15, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    McCain has gimmicky ads featuring Paris and Britney.

    Obama punches back with ISSUES!

    McCain is a weasly old out of touch jokester.

    No time for laughs McGeezer! You are TOAST!

    August 15, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Bill-C-Bus OH

    About time. I have seen nothing but lies from McCain in commercials and a lot of policy ones from Obama. Maybe McCain can gives us some policy ones now that Obama took a swing. It would be easy to do. A 10 second spot that simply states: Please see the last eight years to see where I will stand for the next four.

    McCain used to be someone I thought respectable but once he became a true Republican, he has no dignity any more.

    Independent for Obama

    August 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Hit HIM Low!!!

    TO-45 yo white female democrat for McCain–Mcattack is An old White Haired Wrinkly Dude -John McCain helped pave the way for foreign-owned DHL to take over an American shipping company," says the announcer. "McCain's campaign manager was lead lobbyist for the deal. Now, thousands of Ohio jobs at risk."Just as sure as he dumped his 1ST wife for Cindy He is guilt as SIN !!!

    August 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Harry from Alpharetta

    Remember, Mccain, you don,t speak for me. You are still a sitting Senator, who can only speak for your constituents in AZ. You just happen to be running for President. You haven,t made it yet, and I doubt that you will based on the involvement.

    August 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. McCain Lacks The Juice

    I just listened to the 25+ minutes from the McCain team and some local lady [Mary ] in Wilmington Ohio defending McCain on this ad. They are trying to spin this against Obama... sorry the facts don't support it.

    Mary attempts to give McCain credit for a HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES hearing called by Michigan Democrat Chairrman John Conyers on the matter.

    McCain spoke with the lady yesterday and is she niave and incorrectly give him credit for this hearing.

    She totally discounts the fact that Democratic Senator Obama visited about 21 days ago, meet with the major, met with the Teamsters and other local leaders and that CNN Money reported the Conyers hearing.

    Simply put ,

    1.) McCain can't get a hearing called in less than 24 hours and certainly not by a powerful democrat like Conyers. He doesn't have that kind of influence. Democratic Senator Obama, from neighbooring Illinois, however does have that ability.

    2.) It was Obama, not McCain that made ths happen for Mary and her local friends.

    3.) It was McCain, who apparently supported a Senate vote that started the chain of events that upset Wilmington. McCain told Mary, he didn't know if he could do anything for her. After he was part of the problem.

    It's unfortunate that this woman, Mary seemed so blinded by the McCain camps spin, was used by them to attempt to give McCain credit for work by Democrats.

    In the process they made Mary sound foolish to anyone that listened to this conference call, like I did.

    August 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Sue/PA

    45 yo white female democrat for McCain

    Name 5 really fantastic "things" Mccain has done for this country...bet you cant

    This ad is true...that is what will make it effective in Ohio

    August 15, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. ArrogantObama

    Obama wants to have it both ways always! Yeah criticize when someone is using negative ads, then come out with one of your own. That's what i call misleading, deceiving, lying to the public about the facts. No wonder why this new anti Obama book is doing so well, we don't trust Obama, and i am a democrat.

    August 15, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. creighton

    McCain's camp is filled with lobbyists like Davis. There are people that lobbied for AirBus on his staff. McCain personally wrote the Sec of Defense and the Air Force asking them that the issue of European subsidies not be considered in the quoting process for the 40 billion dollar contract to build new fuel tankers. This even though the US is litigating this very issue before the WTO. It was taken out originally but it has created such an uproar that they are re-quoting the project. I believe those subsidies are now being considered.
    McCain is going to represent corporations, such as Oil, Pharmesuticals, Insurance companies, etc. not the common person.
    He's not a common person, he's a multi, multi millionaire, has his own private jet and I don't know how many homes.
    McSame we don't need another four years of trickle down economics.

    August 15, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Independent from FL

    I don't trust no politicians esp after the Edwards scandal... All i can dio is look at their records. While McCain record is not squeeky clean, Obams has none. You decide. I decide facts over hope mantras.

    August 15, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Sam

    About time Obama's hitting back! Give McSame a taste of his own negative ad medicine!

    August 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Informed Voter

    Seems lots of the repubs commenting here can't handle the truth .. LOL :)

    August 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Puzzled

    Proud Army and Navy Wife, go to factcheck.org before you commit what you read in the book to heart. People produce books like that for idiots that refuse to do their homework and get the truth. Don't fall for the okeydok

    August 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. jr california

    45 yo white female democrat for McCain August 15th, 2008 2:15 pm ET
    Obama will stoop to the lowest of lows to put his name in the history books. McCain had done more for this country before Obama got out of diapers, than obama can possibly dream of doing in his lifetime. That's all Obama is, a dreamer. I hear that's common with drug use

    i'm going to start acting like this person, delusional with no facts. "i hear that's common with drug use"... man, you guys really know how to pull everything out. if i was obama, i'd be worried...

    August 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Rory

    America is ready to move on. Shame on all you republicans. Tell Johnny to wear $250.00 shoes and give back the tax cut. Quit shipping jobs oversees and tell the beer hieress to pay her fair share.

    August 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. MY VOTE COUNTS

    a little investigation Please, the fact is this, Obama, your ad is a stretch bordering out right fraud. :-( What Obama leaves out is this Sen Ted "bridge to nowhere" Stevens, and GW, had the deal inserted into the amendment. Though I do not side with either candidate, McCanin is being slandered by the Good Brother Barack, lets take a gander at Baracks Legislative hijinks, What about the 100K grant Obama got for David Plouffe, for the racist priest in chi town I'll wager that there are other grants given to Baracks dobious friends lets look under those rocks NOW!!!!! :-)

    August 15, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Vet in S.A.

    All you Dems need to read the whole factcheck.org article before you start spewing your hatred, but then you'd have to admit Obama is a typical politician doing what politicians do, lie and cheat

    August 15, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. ginny bell j.b.n.ga.

    YOU SHOULD KNOW BY NOW OBOMA LIES WHEN IT SUITS HIM....
    HE FLIP FLOPS EVERY HOUR....
    DEPENDING ON WHO HE IS TALKING TO.
    THE CANDA AFFAIR.....
    I HAVE TO SAY THIS IN THE DEBT TO GET ELECTED...
    HOW EASY YOU FOLKS FORGET......
    WHO WOULD HAVE AN AFFAIR WITH OBOMA?????
    MCCAINS AFFAIR IF THERE WAS ONE WAS 30 YEARS AGO.
    YOU NOSIE PEOPLE WHY DON'T YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR NASTY AFFAIR....
    THEY SAY THE ONES THAT HALLOWER THE LOUDS ARE..WELL YOU KNOW......

    August 15, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. David from Ohio

    The job losses in Ohio are the result of the people in Columbus, who have run this state into the ground with their corn-pone conservative beliefs. The Republican party has never stood up for the average person and has certainly not done so in this state.

    August 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. Debbie

    Go to FactCheck. Apparently the McCain campaign did but once again, used "sound bytes" to plead their case but, the problem with "sound bytes" is that more times than naught, they are taken out of context.

    Below is a partial FactCheck finding on the ad. It is not all inclusive as it would take too much space. I would suggest checking it out for yourselves.

    "Ads from the AFL-CIO and the Obama campaign claim that McCain is partly to blame for the loss of more than 8,000 jobs in Ohio. They paint a false picture."

    There's at least some truth in both ads: German-based DHL announced a deal that could result in 8,200 lost jobs in Wilmington, Ohio. And McCain did in fact oppose an amendment that would have kept DHL from buying Wilmington-based Airborne Express. McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, was also a DHL lobbyist charged with easing the merger through the Senate.

    But the ads go too far. Some statements about McCain are misleading and some of the inferences the ads invite are unsubstantiated:

    The ads charge that McCain opposition to a 2003 amendment helped DHL and amounted to turning his back on workers. That's misleading. McCain said he opposed a version of the amendment because it was a special project inserted into an unrelated bill, not to help DHL. And the Teamsters union praised the merger at the time, saying that it would lead to more jobs. And at first, more jobs indeed followed.

    The ads also imply that the DHL merger is a direct cause of the job losses in Ohio, which we find to be both unlikely and unsubstantiated. Airborne Express had laid off 2,000 employees before the merger, and analysts at the time said that the struggling carrier would need to make expensive investments in its international infrastructure to remain competitive. "

    I am an Obama backer, have been so for years. Having stated that, I also believing in checking out the ads and seperating fact from fiction BEFORE I either open my mouth or send a more often than not bogus e-mail as I don't want to look like a complete idiot.

    August 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Tony

    Something he and his pal Bush have in common.

    August 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Ken in Dallas

    McCain's all for corporate profits, which sounds ok, but the quiclest and easiest way to increase profit is to screw the people that do the work.

    So ask yourself: "Do I work for a living?"

    If you work for a living, McCain is not on your side.

    August 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Pa Voter

    Right on Susan. Now let' hope other voters in Ohio pick the best candidate this time.

    August 15, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Lou R

    What is good for the Goose is not so good for the Gander! McCain =
    Bush/Cheney III, the campaign has advised the candidate, does not speak for the campaign. McCain has sold himself out to the Rovian/Republican mean spirited negative attack machine and their ilk, including FOX Commentary. Will McCain take back responsibility for own campaign? Likely not so from here on out the ugly will become more so.

    August 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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